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Secretary General's Update

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 4, 2017


 In my several recent reports I was informing you about the events attended in some “remote” destinations, like Indonesia, Georgia and Ethiopia. Useful contacts and relationships had been established, and the TIACA flag was flying high there.

Some may assume that while going after the new relationships we started paying less attention to our long-time friends and well established partners. This is not the case. Business was conducted as usual. Customs authorities, security officials, international organizations – contacts are maintained and issues of importance to the air cargo industry are being discussed. In the coming months we will be actively working together with several US-based organizations. Today I will single out the Cargo Network Services (CNS) and Airforwarders Association (AFA) because of concrete arrangements and events.


On 6 September TIACA will be participating in the U.S. Air Cargo Industry Affairs Summit (USACIA) organized by CNS. Important agenda, renowned speakers and very promising attendance – all this allows for good networking and sharing of knowledge. Once it’s completed I will provide a report.


Another Association we have been actively working with is the AFA. We had several meetings and discussions with the Executive Director Brandon Fried, and now we are planning to have a joint meeting of the Board members from two associations during the time of TIACA Executive Summit in October.


You haven’t heard much about GACAG recently, however the group is not disbanded, and it has some potential, being a platform for discussion, coordination and even joint decisions by TIACA, IATA, GSF and FIATA. The latter is the coordinator for 2017 – 2018. We set up a meeting on 29 August in Zurich. I undertook to write a paper on the issues faced by the GACAG members. There will be also an opportunity to meet FIATA's new Director General, Hans-Guenther Kersten, and to discuss priorities of all the four participating Associations.


Vladimir Zubkov
Secretary General

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